CFA: Air cargo trade lanes can adapt to a trade war [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from Agility and China Southern Airlines discussed the impact of the United States-China trade war on the Asia-Pacific air cargo market. According to panelists, while trade flows have shifted in the region as a result of […]

CFA: Steeper engine costs are the reality for 737 NG conversions [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from AEI and Boeing discussed some of the factors contributing to steeper conversion costs for 737 NG conversions, compared to 737-300s and -400s. According to panelists, the main contributor to steeper costs is engines. “The NG […]

CFA: Alibaba planning additional charter flights to accommodate growth [VIDEO]

Last month at Cargo Facts Asia in Shanghai, Terry Xie, Head of Global Linehaul & Planning, Cainiao, told conference delegates that the smart logistics platform expects that as cross-border e-commerce volumes grow, it will rely on an increasing number of charter flights to meet demand. “When we try to plan our network globally, there are […]

CFA: Steeper engine costs are the reality for 737 NG conversions [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from AEI and Boeing discussed some of the factors contributing to steeper conversion costs for 737 NG conversions, compared to 737-300s and -400s. According to panelists, the main contributor to steeper costs is engines. “The NG […]

Nanjing aviation project to launch IAI’s 777 P2F program?

Update 14 May: After this article was published, IAI later confirmed it "does not have a contract with anyone regarding a 777 cargo conversion program," but did not elaborate regarding any ongoing discussions with potential partners. After years of evaluating the potential for a passenger-to-freighter conversion program for the 777 airframe (see our first mention […]

Resurgence seen in 737-300 P-to-F conversions

This week, a 737-300QC (28054, ex-Mistral Air) was ferried to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), where it was inducted for conversion to full-freighter configuration at the COOPESA facility by PEMCO. In the coming months, carriers in Latin America and Asia are planning to add more of the 737-300F fleet type. The -300QC induction follows a […]

Cargo traffic falls across the board in April first look

Despite a bounce back from earlier declines that major carriers reported for March, sharper year-over-year traffic slowdowns in April indicate the month was the worst this year for many of the carriers that have reported results so far. Of the carriers tracked by Cargo Facts, only Air France-KLM reported an increase in traffic, of 3.3%, for […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 17, 2019

LATAM Cargo weathers 1Q headwinds with mild traffic gains

On the surface, it appeared to be a tough quarter for the cargo unit of Chile-headquartered LATAM Airlines Group. LATAM Cargo reported a steep 10.9% year-over-year drop in revenue, to US$263.5 million, in the first quarter of 2019, despite a 1.9% increase in cargo traffic to 899 million RTKs. After accounting for a $10 million […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 17, 2019

Qatar Airways updates 777F delivery timeline, again hints at A330F disposal

Doha-based Qatar Airways is planning to take delivery of four more 777Fs before the year is over, the company’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker, revealed at a media event in Qatar earlier this week. Without specifically mentioning the A330-200F, of which the carrier currently owns and operates five, Al Baker told The Gulf Times the carrier […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 16, 2019

CFA: Air cargo trade lanes can adapt to a trade war [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held last month in Shanghai, executives from Agility and China Southern Airlines discussed the impact of the United States-China trade war on the Asia-Pacific air cargo market. According to panelists, while trade flows have shifted in the region as a result of […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 16, 2019

Announcing the Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 agenda

Today, Cargo Facts officially released the agenda for the 25th annual Cargo Facts Symposium, to be held 16-18 October at the Intercontinental San Diego. Registration is now open!  Cargo Facts Symposium brings together an exclusive group of air cargo industry professionals from all facets of the industry, including those involved in aircraft appraisal and finance, mid-life asset management, passenger-to-freighter conversion, and much more.   This year’s agenda was carefully crafted to include discussion of the most […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 15, 2019

SF Airlines plans scheduled cargo ops from China to New York, takes another 767F

In a filing to the US Department of Transportation dated 13 May, Shenzhen-based SF Airlines requested permission to operate scheduled cargo service three times per week between Hangzhou (HGH) and New York (JFK), for at least one year. The service would begin in September 2019, using SF’s 747 freighter capacity.  SF Airlines took delivery of its […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 15, 2019

Which aircraft will dominate the world’s freighter fleet in 20 years?

This is the second of three posts on the future freighter fleet based on the 2019 Freighter Forecast, published by Cargo Facts Consulting. Last week’s post focused on the key numbers of the latest Cargo Facts Consulting 20 year freighter forecast, which foresees the addition of 2380 jets and 421 new turboprops to cater for […]
  • Frederic Horst
  • May 15, 2019

Turkish Cargo’s April volumes plunge on international declines

In its April results, Turkish Cargo reported its first y-o-y decline in cargo tonnage since Cargo Facts began collecting regular data for the carrier in 2011. Overall tonnage fell by 12.9% to about 99,000 tonnes, representing a month-to-month decline of 28.4% from March, for the lowest monthly tonnage the carrier has reported since February 2018. […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • May 14, 2019
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